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Seagate Momentus xt or intel ssd????

Last response: in Storage
February 8, 2013 7:29:02 PM

The Momentus is supposed to be one of the fastest hdd drives coming very close to the speed of a ssd. I love speed but for $60 less and 320GB more..... Is the speed difference that noticable? I'm not a hardcore anything. Just a casual gamer/media.
a b å Intel
a c 812 G Storage
February 8, 2013 9:43:03 PM

I have yet to try onemyself but I've seen lots of complaints that they aren't really any faster; they just are for what gets cached on the ssd part which isn't very big at all.
a b å Intel
a c 167 G Storage
February 8, 2013 9:46:59 PM

No question in my mind, the SSD is superior.

The momentus speeds up reads, but with only 32gb, not all of your data will be in the cache, available for a fast read.
And, when it comes time to write, you are still limited by the mechanical speed of the hard drive.

It seserves a place in a laptop where you are limited to one drive, and a ssd won't hold it all.

In a desktop, start with a ssd, and later add a hard drive for bulk storage if you need to.